Some perspective on landing on a comet


The world hasn’t seemed very excited that the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet last week, me included—even after learning that it bounced, twice (when it wasn’t supposed to have bounced at all), before settling down.  Landing on the moon in 1969 was much cooler: first of all, there were people involved, and second because the moon is something we all know and Comet 67Pwhatchamacallit is not.  There has been little sense of the scale of this achievement, until now: thanks to @TLBKlaus for providing this excellent graphic on Twitter.

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Now you’re talking my language…

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2 Responses to Some perspective on landing on a comet

  1. @beckephysics says:

    Thanks for sharing my pic! I’m excited to see how far it’s been shared. More size comparisons at http://is.gd/TaYe6d

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